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Poster: guitarman12 Date: Mar 24, 2006 11:49am
Forum: etree Subject: Best Jerry Solos?

Hey I have listend to ALOT of Dead, and ALOT of Jerry's shreding. I would say one of the most heart ripping, face melting solos has got to be the Loser from 5/8/77. Can anyone recommend any other "elites" in the realm of soloing?

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Apr 9, 2006 2:31am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

"Midnight Sun's" post nails it perfectly with his insight from Lake Placid 1983 -- same show: 2nd set, 3rd song: "To Lay Me Down:" -- check out the electrifying, purifying, transforming final chorus with Jerry's singular notes reaching the Heavens. From another era with a different experience: 5/9/1977 (Buffalo), "Comes A Time" closing jam --- nothin' I can say except it "speaks" for itelf. Amen!

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Poster: AshesRising Date: May 2, 2006 6:12pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re:Best Jerry Solos?- 03/31/1985 (Palm Sunday)

Hey "guitarman 12:" - I regret it has taken me a wnile to respond but here is a show with a Jerry solo that you may appreciate:
03-31-1985 (Palm Sunday; Portland, ME). It is on this site as one of the infamous Oade recordings:
("Oade's Master Audience PCM")("http://www.archive.org/audio/etree-details-db.php?id=11599&from=otherCopy
I cannot remember the first set but you gotta know it was going to be a special night when they opened with "Music Never Stopped." As to your specific request: after a rare pre-drums "China Doll" eventully Jerry remains alone on stage with Billy and Mickey and his solo creates a musical landscape that is...well, I can't describe it---"something" was going down. I guess only Jerry knows if he was trying to paint a particular picture or whether the music was just flowing through him, but as I said above, "something" was being revealed during his solo.
One unique factor is that it is not one of his high-energy rocket launchers taking the audience into the outer realms of the solar system --- if anything, it is just the opposite: a solo allowing the audience to take an introspective trip with a special Jerry solo as the tour guide. -- He leaves the stage briefly and when he returns check out the crowd clapping in rhythm as he resumes a brief solo before the others return to the stage.
As I noted above: it was Palm Sunday --- ".. take up your China Doll/It's only fractured/Just a little nervous from the fall...." I hope you like Jerry's solo and the entire 2nd set, - AshesRising




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Poster: 74chinarider Date: Jun 24, 2006 12:26am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Re:Best Jerry Solos?- 03/31/1985 (Palm Sunday)

Excellent thread for a number of reasons, namely because almost every show has a “Jerry moment”... how can one pick the best?

I've chosen based on two factors:
1)Jerry's lead has to give me goose bumps every time I hear it, no matter how many times I've heard it
2)how tempted I am to press the rewind button when the singing begins again.

These are the tunes that make me want to drink some Gatorade and have a shower after I hear them...

Hard to Handle 8/6/71 is an ABSOLUTE MONSTER
The Eleven 8/24/68 (Two from the Vault) IMHO this is the best version, but most 68/69 are worth a good listen.
Deal & BEW 5/8/77
Viola Lee Blues 5/2/70
Sugaree & Friend of the Devil 9/2/80
Dark Star 2/11/69

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Sep 29, 2006 4:10pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

Bump the top- now we have more people what do they think? Read the first post

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Apr 9, 2006 2:11pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

Forgot one-

check out the 13 minute mark into the scarlet fire of 7-7-89- the solos I am talking about are the ones that cause the mid explosions- when he finds the grove in the cosmic wave and then just finds another hole to go through to another universe and finds the absolute most beautful way to express that particular moment- i am not talking about "shredding moments" or just trilling for trillings sake- those solos i seek go into a wormhole and out the other side, breaking you int an ear to ear grin, and perhaps a tear from the sheer genious of it

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Poster: DEADBUCK Date: Apr 9, 2006 10:52pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

Thank you...I just found 7-7-89 in my HD and am listening now..."another lost classic right here on WLMA".... sorry this aint radio:)

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Poster: bonk Date: Mar 24, 2006 10:20pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

7-15-88..Friend of the devil middle solo
12-28-90...comes a time...end solo
6-28-88...Stella..end solo
5-22-77..EYEZ!!!!!!

1969!!!!!!!!



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Poster: satchmo Date: Mar 25, 2006 12:36am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

Listen to the 2nd set of 5-6-81, the Bobby Sands night...

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Poster: hipschoolpreppy Date: Mar 25, 2006 2:53am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

6/22/79 with jerry reconstructed. its on gd live i believe and it is SICK. the best dear prudence ever imo

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Poster: satchmo Date: Mar 25, 2006 12:39am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

2nd Set of 5-6-81- the Bobby Sands show...

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Poster: scrapster Date: Mar 25, 2006 3:09am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

8-6-74 eyez
5-5-77 sugaree
6-7-77 music never stopped

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Poster: The Bopper Date: Mar 28, 2006 7:02am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

I love Jerry solos that are at a blistering pace. Some other tunes have some wonderful solo's (but I can't think of them now) are Alabama Getaway, Samson, Cumberland, FOTD, She belong to me, Crazy Fingers.

10/8/83 - Minglewood (my favorite)
12/30/86 - Music Never Stopped
10/17/83 - Sugaree
10/10/80 - Jack Straw
12/26/79 - Johnny B Goode
8/7/82 - China>Rider transition

As far JGB - A couple of my favs are the solos on "I'll take a Melody" from 12/2/83 or "Rhapsody in Red" from 5/31/83.



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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Mar 24, 2006 1:08pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

Ive always felt Jerry on Loser was amazing everytime. And Ive listened to a lot of em from 1977. But hands down, the most amazing solo on this song is from December 29, 1977. Jerry had just gotten back Wolf from Irin that night and they played loud! His tone and vibrato absolutely scream.

Also gotta agree on the Deal from Downhill from here. Every solo on that DVD is amazing. I love the one on Rider too.

Also check out his solo on 8/6/71 Hard to Handle.

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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Mar 24, 2006 1:41pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

oh yeah Truckin from Broome County Arena 77, the go into this blues jam session at the end thats all Garcia, it sounds more like metal at the end than the dead

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or Staffskb archives Date: Mar 24, 2006 3:13pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

9/29/89 Death Don't Have No mercy!!!

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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Mar 24, 2006 1:16pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

btw that December 29 1977 show is Dicks Picks 10

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Poster: DEETS Date: Mar 26, 2006 8:36am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

Very subjective topic but I would suggest MacArthur Court 5.31.69 "Sitting on Top of the World" Jerry nails a "how does he do it" solo. Just schweet! Also don't over look the amazing Veneta 1972 "Playing in the Band." This one and the MacArthur will stick with you through thick and thin.

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Poster: ME_Oakie Date: Mar 28, 2006 12:13am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

8.27.72 has many many moments that are totally worthy. The Jam in Dark Star is more of a band moment but that's what Garcia was about.

2.18.71 also has some pretty awesome moments...Stephen>GDTRFB>NFA yummy!

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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Mar 26, 2006 9:08am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

just listened to that show, AMAZING

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Poster: jhender501 Date: Mar 27, 2006 2:10am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

Yah, that 5/31/69 is great...and the "sittin'" is great. I often wonder why they hung that song up.


Jim

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Poster: fitzy77 Date: Mar 27, 2006 3:26am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

Try Jerry's solo on "It's All Over Now" on Closing of Winterland 12/31/78. To me, it's quintessential Jerry.

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Poster: jesther Date: Mar 27, 2006 8:33pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

how about:
peggy-o 5/10/78
the harder they come, jerry band, 7/30/77
knockin' on heavens door, jerry band. 3/18/78
that's what love will make you do, jerry band, 3/18/78
scarlet/fire, 2/5/78
that's alright mama/not fade away/ going down the road 6/10/73
all of dicks pick's 8 5/2/70

[date typo fix- mod]

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Poster: jbenash7 Date: Mar 25, 2006 5:40am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

10-16-77 Sugaree.

JGB 9-11-76 and 1-27-76. All the JGB I can get my hands on from this year is incredible-- slow-burning groove, clean and intimate sound, all Jerry. There is a freedom in his melodic excursions with JGB in '76 which in my opinion is unmatched in any other period. Kahn and Godcheaux lay down a solid foundation that allows Garcia to explore. Check out the Catfish John on 9-11-76.

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Poster: mcglone Date: Mar 25, 2006 6:17am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

thanks for the tip.

to your knowledge, can those two shows be found online?

ian

JGB 9-11-76 and 1-27-76. All the JGB I can get my hands on from this year is incredible-- slow-burning groove, clean and intimate sound, all Jerry. There is a freedom in his melodic excursions with JGB in '76 which in my opinion is unmatched in any other period. Kahn and Godcheaux lay down a solid foundation that allows Garcia to explore. Check out the Catfish John on 9-11-76.

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Poster: jbenash7 Date: Mar 25, 2006 6:27am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

You can find them both, and a good number of other JGB shows, on Furthurnet (www.furthurnet.org).

You can also stream 1-27-76 at sugarmegs.org. 2-21-76 is available in SHN at gdlive.com.

Happy listening!
Justin

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Poster: mcglone Date: Mar 25, 2006 7:11am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

merci and cheers!

ian

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Mar 26, 2006 4:58pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

you can also download at sugarmegs.org (unfortunately lossy mp3 only, no, make that WMA & WMV, the relevant word being "lossy")
right click and "save as"
many, many JGB and others not avalable on this site...

check out the video of JGB 80/03/01 early show. poor quality B&W VHS but nonetheless interesting. (the moving images don't start until about 3 min into Sugaree)

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Poster: cousinkix1953 Date: Mar 25, 2006 12:17pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

you can also download at sugarmegs.org (unfortunately lossy mp3 only). Make that WMA 40kbs. in most cases.
right click and "save as" The same thing works here with the VBR hi-fi streams.
many, many JGB and others...

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Poster: jhender501 Date: Mar 25, 2006 1:51pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?


JGB "Don't Let Go" CD..Tore up and The Way You Do..also
"Sitting Here in Limbo"


Jim

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Poster: 12/15/72 Date: Mar 24, 2006 12:10pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

just want to say that this is the best "thread" i've ever seen on here, i saw them over 350 times, i was so lucky and got dazed many a time. i'd have to really think about that one. i remember on my b-day on 10'18 78 having them close with trucking jer was just peeling off the riffts and rose higher and higher to a final bang that took me to a new level. but theres so many more...

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Apr 22, 2006 6:33am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

As previously stated there are thousands of great solos and some of my favorites have already been mentioned. Of course the 1-22-78 Close encounters solo stands out, but I would include the intro to St Stephen that it segues into, Raw and Awesome!:
Some of my favorites are:
1-12-79: After a 17 minute Dancin, everyone but Jerry and Billy leaves the stage and Jerry proceeds to perform a phenomenal 8 minute, lightning quick, Dancin solo that just absolutely rips!!
10-27-79: The transition Jam from He's Gone into Caution Jam into the Other One and throughout the Other One is vintage raw Jerry, again, absolutely awesome.
9-11-81: The two solos in Dew are phenomenal, especially the last, it starts out so quiet and sweet and builds and builds 'til the end.
9-12-81: After Eyes, Jerry does another awesome solo with just Billy that turns into a rare pre drums space jam.
12-9-81: The rain solo at the end of LLR is exquisite.
7-14-81: The transition Jam between Truckin and Eyes has the rest of the band just sitting back and enjoying Jerry doing a 40 second solo, just incredible.

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Apr 22, 2006 9:23am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

A lot of your input today is 1981- a great, underated year- especially for jerry- from the spring tour forward he was awesome (including my very first show- 3-9-81)

your input is always welcomed by me, Purple

edit: Love the m enton of the entire history of the band- and lest anyone think I am looking for the "best"- I am not. Just looking for those truly special moments when he breaks through his own patterns and his own preconceptions- the moments where Jerry ceased to be, and the ethereal corporalized out of his guitar

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Apr 23, 2006 2:04am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

I believe that 1981 has always been underrated in this forum. I think this is largely by reputation, seeing as the reviews for the shows are often stellar and there are a lot of reviews that start out with " I always thought that 81 was a poor year for the boys but after listening to ....". To me 81 to mid 83 was the best Brent era and, in the quality of the actual music, they were among the last great Dead years. The only complaint I had was the fact that the song list itself was somewhat limited. Those were the days when you were not short changed on first sets (anywhere from 10-13 songs) and Jerry was, as often as not, actually the last guy to leave the stage before drums and actually gave the impression that he did not want to leave the stage and would extend the set rather than, as he would sometimes in later days, be the first to leave. As Liam stated, listen to the spring tour, the Greek run, the Summer Midwest tour and the New Years run (specifically 12-31-81, which to me ranks as the best show of the 80's or 90's) as great examples of how tight they were, how great Brent was and how much fun the band seemed to be having every night.

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Poster: CandyMan81 Date: Mar 24, 2006 8:10pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

1973-02-09 Sugar Magnolia!!!

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Poster: adroot02 Date: Mar 24, 2006 12:04pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

There are so many but the first one that comes to mind is that smokin' lead in "Deal" from the Downhill From Here DVD. There is an incendiary moment where Jerry just takes off near the end, he looks up and smiles at Bob, and at that moment the whole band is on top of the wave and he knows it! Man, what a glorious moment. Definitely one of top favorite solo moments for ole Jerry. His tone is killer on that show as well. Also, check out his chicken pickin leads on Cumberland Blues and Me and My Uncle from the same show.

So many more out there but I'll let some other people take a shot at it.

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Apr 9, 2006 12:40am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

Resurrecting this one- many may not have seen it the first time- stratocaster did not weigh in, for one.

Try the end solo of deal on 4/1/88- un freaking believable

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Apr 9, 2006 1:16am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

^^ I've been meaning to post in this thread...;D

The best Jerry Garcia "solos" in the traditional context...

here is but a few that I can recall at the moment, no particular order of course...

"Death Don't have No Mercy" 09-29-1989 main solo is a popular choice for latter day solos

"Loser" 03-24-1990 main solo break, Garcia nails it

"Fire on the Mountain" 10-02-1977 first solo break, Garcia spews forth some classic Mutron magic

"Standing on the Moon" ending solos/ codas 08-21-1993, 03-16-1994, 12-06-1989...nicely developed and inspired playing, nice garcia fanning right on spot...

"Not Fade Away" 09-19-1970..."main" jam break, Garcia smokes through a variety of themes, including "First there is a Mountain", "Darkness, Darkness", and that classic "China Cat" riff that has so often been attributed to Weir (but was written by Jerry)...the rest of the band is inspired, as well...

"Stella Blue" 05-15-1983, first solo break...

"West L.A. Fadeaway" 07-19-1989...main solo break

"Truckin'" 05-09-1979 closing coda reprise super blast off jam

"Other One" 10-21-1978 main jam solo

"Rooster" 12-30-1981 main blues break, Mydland then Weir, then Garcia nails his solo big time...

"Morning Dew" middle break solos...04-29-1971, 09-18-1987, 09-10-1974, 10-18-1974, 09-09-1993, 12-30-1987...

'Morning Dew" closing solos...05-08-1977

"Terrapin" post jam soloing 06-23-1993

"Fire on the Mountain" 05-27-1993, 2nd solo break

"Mexicali Blues", "Bird Song", "Playin", "Dark Star" 08-27-1972

"Think", "Knockin'" 09-16-1989 Jerry Bank, every song features Garcia at his R&B blues rock best...

"If I had the World to Give" 10-17-1978 closing jam solo

"Big River" 11-25-1979 2nd break solo, Garcia burns this up, it's hilarious...(in a good way)

"Wharf Rat" 06-30-1979 over the top Garcia playin'

"They Love Each Other" 09-03-1977 main solo break, perfect example of how, when Garcia was on, the notes would just "leap" out of his guitar...



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Poster: vandylan Date: Nov 25, 2009 7:15pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

I'm a guitar player all my life...but a deadhead for only 10 years or so...as both, it doesn't get any better to me than Bertha 1978-02-03...I could never sit down and write a more beautiful solo, and it just flowed from Jerry's fingers one night. This doesn't get mentioned often as one of the best Bertha's - but I just love its shuffle rhythm.

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Poster: Knopi Date: Nov 20, 2013 6:08pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

I checked out this show, but couldn't find Bertha listed on the setlist. Sure that's the right date?
Thanks.

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Poster: vandylan Date: Nov 22, 2013 5:18am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

Yeah, you're right. I had this one mislabeled. It's the Bertha on DP#18. Best. Second best is Peggy-O New Haven.

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Poster: Knopi Date: Nov 22, 2013 5:23am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

Thanks for the heads up :)
Check out this Peggy-O
https://archive.org/details/gd78-04-16.sbd.lai.292.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 14, 2014 11:43am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

Jack Straw 10/29/77 into "Jack Straw from Witchita"

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Poster: cjzurcher Date: Nov 14, 2014 3:58am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

Stanford University on 1985-04-27

https://archive.org/details/gd1985-04-27.nak700.anon.lmpp.99835.flac16

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Poster: Knopi Date: Nov 20, 2013 6:07pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

I would say the best solo I have heard Jer play was from the Grateful Dead album in 1975? Me and Bobby McGee. If I could ever play anything this amazing in my life, I would die a happy man.
http://grooveshark.com/s/Me+and+Bobby+Mcgee/tb7gl?src=5

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Apr 21, 2006 6:59am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

here is another one:

starting at the 7 minute 35 second mark- jerry's last solo in Mississippi 1/2 step on 3/24/88 is astounding, as he finds the notes that were not there and just takes off, the crowd flying away with him- I think it was Coltrane who mentioned that the secret to great improvisation is to play between the notes that you would expect to be there- to find the runs that turn the ordinary into the supernatural.

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Poster: patkelley Date: Apr 21, 2006 11:28am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

there was a period when Garcia's solos were phenomenal. It was like 1967-1995. It's worth lookin into.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Apr 21, 2006 11:48am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

^^^ awww, that's so sweet...

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Poster: TheDooDahMan11 Date: Apr 21, 2006 10:49pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

you could never pick the best jerry solos...but the dark star on 4/1/71 at has to be one of his best solos

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Poster: sambonk2 Date: Nov 14, 2014 12:38pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

3/24/90 Stella blue outro solo
7/15/88 Friend of the devil middle solo
2/26/77 estimated bridge solo
6/22/93 Terr station outro solo
5/22/77 eyes intro solo.....wow
6/24/70 darkstar out of Attics/////wow
5/6/90 (if you can believe it)Victum outro
5/3/69 intro He was a friend of mine
just to name a few

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 14, 2014 1:35pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

Stella Blue 10/21/78 Outro solo

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Poster: sambonk2 Date: Nov 17, 2014 4:15am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

yes....so many....this is great stuff..love the fob from this

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Poster: nagdot Date: Mar 24, 2006 9:42pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Best Jerry Solos?

any jgb show when he plays ...harder they come
ive heard some killer ... eyes of the world

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